My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Hula skirt for a glass vase

Adhere a strip of clear tape around the inside edge of your container

Adhere a strip of clear tape around the inside edge of your container.

Let the tape extend about half the thickness above the container edge

Let the tape extend about half the thickness above the container edge.

Roll the tape back so that it sticks to itself creating a clear double sided sticky tape

Roll the tape back so that it sticks to itself creating a clear double sided sticky tape... or... well, you can use clear double sided tape but I thought I would show you this as well.

Roll the tape all the way around the container

Roll the tape all the way around the container.

Fill the vase with water

Fill the vase with water.

Stand the grass or foliage in the water

Stand the grass or foliage in the water so that it sticks to the side.

Design note: any fibrous foliage will work because I will rip the top half. I used Gladiolus leaves but Typha or flax will also work well.

Space the leaves to settle all the way around the container

Space the leaves to settle all the way around the container.

Pressing it firmly to adhere to the tape

Pressing it firmly to adhere to the tape.

Creating a neat skirt to frame the fresh flowers

Creating a neat skirt to frame the fresh flowers.

Start to rip the foliage right above the lip of the container with a corsage pin

Start to rip the foliage right above the lip of the container with a corsage pin.

Creating thin dangling strips of foliage all the way around the container

Creating thin dangling strips of foliage all the way around the container.

Support the foliage from the inside while ripping if you see they wiggle loose

Support the foliage from the inside while ripping if you see they wiggle loose by the movement.

Move all the way around and rip the foliage allowing it to curl and fall over the edge

Move all the way around and rip the foliage allowing it to curl and fall over the edge of the container.

Place fresh flowers in the cavity

Place fresh flowers in the cavity.

Make the sure the flowers are firmly in the water to remain hydrated

Make the sure the flowers are firmly in the water to remain hydrated.

Complete the design by adding a band of foliage to conceal the tape

Complete the design by adding a band of foliage to conceal the tape.

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Tutorials

14 January 2011 Ripping Flax

Flax can be ripped into fibres creating long and versatile strips

25 April 2012 A plait, a braid or a French knot grass collar

"Plaid" and "braid" are synonyms, and where you are from will most likely dictate whether you use plait (British) or braid (American or Celtic). Some people also refer to...

22 June 2016 Lily grass spiral in a vase

Twist lily grass slightly to create a spiral for the orchids to nestle in

20 June 2018 Bundled Phormium with a secret water source

Rip Phormium to create a freestanding bundle armature design.

6 November 2012 Ripped Grass Frame

Create a sheltered or veiled design by framing the outer edge of your armature (in this case thick cardboard) with long strands of grass

27 February 2013 Ripped Foliage Mesh

Create a delicate mesh over the design

Favourite Flowers

Alstroemeria

Inca lily, Peruvian lily or lily of the Incas

Gladiolus

Gladiolus, Sword lily, Corn Lilies, gladioluses, glads, plural: gladioli

Related Designs

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A fun design... with a hula skirt (...for the cool summer breeze to arrange and rearrange)

24 April 2012 Words Matter.

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22 June 2016 Perfection

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Celebrating my book launch by knotting floral mittens using the design Tutorial from my book and the template from the free gift template booklet.

20 June 2018 A Bundle of Pretty

A dried bundle of ripped flax hides a secret water source for the orchids

6 November 2012 Mr. Stalk, the Seriously Terrifying Scarecrow, on his Day Off

An easy going design of ripped grass and calla lilies. But look a bit closer. See if you can find Mr. Stalk relaxing somewhere between the blades of grass.

27 February 2013 Just Meshing About

create a mesh to drape over the design to create a soft veil.

16 May 2013 Natural, naturally

Weave a armature to rest a lily on